Target: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Goal: Save irreplaceable Indonesian rainforests from destruction by the palm oil industry
The palm oil industry in Indonesia is responsible for over 1 million jobs and an unprecedented amount of revenue. But amongst all this good there is considerable damage, especially when it comes to the destruction of Indonesian rainforests.
Palm oil growers are bulldozing the Indonesian rainforest at a rate of one acre per hour. As a result, species like the Sumatran tiger and the Orangutan are likely to be extinct during our lifetimes. Not only is the Indonesian rainforest home to countless wildlife species, it also sustains the livelihoods of communities that reside in and around the forest. Nearly 80% of the Indonesian rainforest has been deforested for commodities like paper, pulp, and plywood. But it’s the growing demand for palm oil from companies like L’Oreal, Palmolive and Procter & Gamble that is truly changing the landscape of Indonesia for the worst.
Burning down forests to make way for palm oil plantations adds to pollution in the already smog-filled air, producing harmful toxins that affect the lives of the people of Indonesia. The spreading of pesticides during palm oil farming pollutes the pristine waterways and local soils. Underdeveloped land laws are also causing conflict between companies and local communities.
With the global climate rapidly changing, the deforestation of the Indonesian rainforest is a sobering contributor to carbon pollution as well. By signing this petition, you’ll urge the Indonesian government to stop the over 400 companies which ar demanding palm oil from completely eradicating the Indonesian rainforest.
Dear President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono,
As I’m sure you are aware, the Indonesian rainforest is rich in resources, which when utilized conscientiously can contribute to economic growth while sustaining wildlife and people who depend on health forests. Unfortunately, irresponsible practices are causing unsustainable deforestation, leading to the destruction of something integral to our being.
Recently, the palm oil industry seems to be turning the Indonesian rainforest into a battleground, kicking out wildlife like the Sumatran tiger and the Orangutan. Burning down the rainforest to make way for palm oil plantations releases harmful toxins into the already polluted atmosphere, pesticides pollute waterways and soil, and indigenous peoples are being forced to give up their land to companies so companies like Nestle and Unilever can make a profit.
I urge you to look into alternative ways to harvest palm oil to supply the global demand, and ensure that Indonesia’s forests are protected. The livelihoods of wildlife, Indonesian people, and our planet all depend on it.
[Your Name Here]
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